Ramblers Group


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Co-ordinator Martin Richards

This is a very active, popular and sociable group who enjoy each otherís company and tramping the local fields, highways and byways, marveling at the wonderful Warwickshire scenery so close to us.

We meet twice a month, on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday at 10.00 am.

We have a number of walk leaders who take it in turns to select a walk of between 4 and 6 miles. They choose where to go and where we meet.  I like to encourage newer members to offer to lead a walk after they have settled in with us but there is no compunction to do so!

We try to start within 10 miles of Balsall Common and most frequently find pub car parks very suitable for our starting/finishing points! Many members stay for a drink and /or a meal after the walk.

We currently have 70 members of whom the majority are active.

We currently average around 18-25 members per walk with a high of 30!  We walk in most kinds of weather with one major exception being snow! And in the 10 years the group has been running have only cancelled half a dozen walks due to weather conditions.

The cost is very low - we have a joining fee of £2 and to date no other costs.  We do, however, ask members to pay for their own drinks/meals after a walk!  With the joining fee money raised so far we have bought and kept up to date 2 first aid kits for the leaders to take on their walks and future funds will be available to buy maps, written up walks, etc.

If you would like to join or require any other information please contact Martin Richards by telephone: 01676 533429, or email: mwlrichards@gmail.com .  Prospective new members can also "try us out" by just turning up at a walk starting point and joining us for that particular walk. Please note, however, if you are not already a U3A member you will not be covered by the U3A insurance scheme.  Following that if you wish to continue you will need to join the U3A and the Ramblers group.

Click here for Walk Leaders 2017 schedule (You will need a username and password to access this list if you have forgotten it click on this link)

If anyone wants to lead a walk please contact Martin Richards.  Help is at hand for anyone who has never lead a walk before.

If anyone wants to create a ramble route, either for the U3A or for personal reasons try out the following site:  http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm

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First October Walk

When:       Tuesday 3 October 2017

Where:     From Brinklow via Easenhall  - 6 miles

Meet:         10:00 am The Bullís Head, Coventry Road, Brinklow, Near Rugby CV23 0NE

Travel:      Journey time approx. 31 mins.  This is the AA route (there are various possible routes).  From BC village centre proceed towards Berkswell Station and continue onto Truggist Lane, then right on to Spencers Lane.  At roundabout take 2nd exit onto Spencers Lane/B4101.  Continue onto Duggins Lane.  Turn right on to Station Avenue, continue to Cromwell Lane and turn left on to Charter Avenue.  At roundabout take 1st exit on to Sir Henry Parks Rd. At roundabout take 2nd exit on to Fletchamstead Highway/A45.  Continue on A45 passing The Burnt Post pub.  At the roundabout take 2nd exit on to Stonebridge Highway/A45.  Keep right to stay on Stonebridge Highway/A45. Continue onto Coventry Eastern Bypass/A46.  At roundabout take 1st exit on to Brandon Rd/A428.  At roundabout take 2nd exit, staying on Brandon Rd/A428.  At next roundabout take 3rd exit on to Kynner Way, then at next roundabout take 1st exit onto Skipworth Road.  Turn right on to Brinklow Road, B4027. Continue on B4027  (You will pass Coombe Abbey on your left) until you arrive at The Bullís Head, Brinklow on your left.  Please park at the far end of the car park.

Details:      The walk commences near the 13th Century Church of St John the Baptist, passing the remains of Brinklow Castle.  There are a couple of small sections of road walking,  but it is mostly across fields and beside the Oxford Canal and through the pretty village of Easenhall. There are a couple of stiles and kissing gates, also a staircase over the Railway Bridge and steps to a change of level.  Sticks are advised.

Lunch:       The Bullís Head has an extensive menu with a two meals for £12 offer, as well as a sandwich menu: www.thebullsheadbrinklow.co.uk  The pub is happy for us to use their facilities at the start of our walk and to look at the menu and place an order then also. 

Leaders:    Frances Critoph and Sandra Heard (Sandra.heard@hotmail.co.uk 01676 530398 or 07762077798)

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Second October walk

When:       Wednesday18th October 2017

Where:      Aston Cantlow (5m)

Meet:         10.00am at the Kings Head, 21 Bearley Rd, Aston Cantlow, Henley-in-Arden B95 6HY


Directions:         (16m, Ĺ hr). From BC take A452 east towards Kenilworth, then A4177 south towards Warwick. At 5 ways roundabout take 2nd left to Claverdon. At Claverdon TR on A4189 towards Henley. Shortly after the Crabmill pub TL onto Pettiford Lane and continue to T junction with A3400. Here TR and shortly TL onto B4089 (Alcester Road) at Wootton Wawen. Continue on B4089 (there is a sharp L turn soon after joining this road) and shortly after Little Arne TR into Bearley Road and continue to Aston Cantlow where the pub is on the RHS.


Walk Details:     It is an attractive walk which takes us through the village, up a wooded ridge, to give good views of Warwickshire at the top, across arable fields to the hamlet of Newnham. Thence past a disused quarry, along a bridleway and footpaths back via the church to the pub. There are three stiles, all near the end, the first of which is a bit steep. Once onto the ridge, it is fairly easy going on wide tracks and clear footpaths, with a small amount of road walking.


Afterwards:     At the pub. Lunch orders to be taken in advance, preferably by 6pm on 17th, although the morning of the walk would do. Click here for menus for light and main meals


Leader:      Geoff Kennedy, tel: 01676 535094, email: kennedy@tiscali.co.uk

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